Tom Omoghegbe Ikimi v Teresa Omawumi Ikimi: CA 13 Jun 2001

A petitioner could issue a petition for divorce on the basis of being habitually resident in the UK, even though she would also have habitual residence elsewhere. In this case she had been in England for 161 days out of the year in question. Nevertheless, ordinary residence meant habitual and normal residence adopted voluntarily and for settled purposes apart from temporary absences. That interpretation was appropriate to be applied to the terms ‘ordinarily’ and ‘habitually’ resident, and that meaning should be adopted consistently in the interpretation of family law statutes.


Times 18-Jul-2001, Gazette 05-Jul-2001, [2001] EWCA Civ 873, [2002] Fam 72




Domicile and Matrimonial Proceedings Act 1973 5(2)


England and Wales

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Family, Immigration

Updated: 25 May 2022; Ref: scu.136125